OAPs’ fears over loss of post office at Eldene Centre

This Is Wiltshire: David and Pat Spurling will no longer be able to get their pensions from the local post office due to closure of the Eldene Centre Buy this photo David and Pat Spurling will no longer be able to get their pensions from the local post office due to closure of the Eldene Centre

ELDERLY residents in Eldene are concerned about how they will draw their pension when their post office is demolished.

Swindon Council has announced that Eldene Centre will be demolished by November, after issuing a demolition notice for the flats above the shops.

But, with no plans in place to replace the post office, residents fear losing an important lifeline.

This Is Wiltshire:

Heather Moss, the Post Office manager in Eldene, pictured above with customer David Spurling, said: “There are three care homes around here and elderly people rely on the Post Office to draw out their pensions and their cash.

“When this is demolished they will either have to go to Liden or Covingham, which is a fair way to go if you’re elderly and not as mobile as you used to be.

“People are very upset and concerned about this.”

For some residents like Marlene Davis, adjusting to the change will be a minor inconvenience, but many others will struggle.

The 75-year-old said: “It depends what you use it for, I just use the Post Office to send the odd letter or two but I know some very elderly residents rely on it to draw their pension.

“I hope they do something with it though.”

Pat and David Spurling also have concerns that even if a Post Office service was provided in the new Morrison’s store, some older people would find the distance too far to walk.

Pat, 76, said: “It won’t affect us too much but for some very elderly people I think it’ll be more difficult.

“We are switching to having our pensions put in our bank account anyway, so it won’t bother us too much.

“It can be quite a walk if you’re a bit older and then it’s all uphill on the way back.”

The demolition is part of plans to regenerate the site, but since the council withdrew cash set aside to fund the makeover last year residents have concerns the site will be left empty.

Nearly two years ago, the then council leader Rod Bluh announced that £900,000 would be spent on rejuvenating tired centres such as Covingham Square, Liden, Eldene, Toothill, Freshbrook and Guildford Avenue, in Lawn.

But last year the figure was slashed to £450,00 and Eldene residents were told they would not be receiving any of the cash because they would instead benefit from a Morrison’s superstore.

The new 25,000sq ft Morrison’s store was opened last month to queues of customers eager to see what was on offer.

A record number of jobseekers applied for the store’s 220 new roles.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

10:20am Mon 24 Mar 14

Davey Gravey says...

I thought that the post office was moving to one of the new shop units alongside the new Morrisons, along with the Chinese takeaway and bookies?
I thought that the post office was moving to one of the new shop units alongside the new Morrisons, along with the Chinese takeaway and bookies? Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

1:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

they could always have it paid into the bank and draw it anywhere they wanted then.
they could always have it paid into the bank and draw it anywhere they wanted then. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Sad but true, local Post Offices are becoming harder to find! Such a shame, it's been a way of life for years. Whenever I need to get to a Post Office I have to think long and hard where is one I can use? Don't always want to go into Swindon Centre and pay parking just to use a Post Office!
Sad but true, local Post Offices are becoming harder to find! Such a shame, it's been a way of life for years. Whenever I need to get to a Post Office I have to think long and hard where is one I can use? Don't always want to go into Swindon Centre and pay parking just to use a Post Office! Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 0

2:33pm Mon 24 Mar 14

swindondad says...

Local post office branches are a convenience that not enough people use to make them viable.

The majority of the services are duplicated in other places:
Pensions / Benefits paid into a bank account and use a cash / debit card to get your money out.
Buy stamps at the newsagent or supermarket.
Tax your car / pay your bills on-line, etc etc.
As more of the post office is privatized only the profitable branches will remain open.

Use It Or Lose It.
Local post office branches are a convenience that not enough people use to make them viable. The majority of the services are duplicated in other places: Pensions / Benefits paid into a bank account and use a cash / debit card to get your money out. Buy stamps at the newsagent or supermarket. Tax your car / pay your bills on-line, etc etc. As more of the post office is privatized only the profitable branches will remain open. Use It Or Lose It. swindondad
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mrwoo says...

perhaps they should get a job. Lazy buggers!
perhaps they should get a job. Lazy buggers! mrwoo
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Mon 24 Mar 14

faatmaan says...

the main problem is the e-bay community that clog up the counters, with numerous parcels, yes the post office is there for this, but it takes so much time to process each parcel that when only one person is on the counter others have to wait a long time. Also many post offices opt out of certain tasks including car tax renewal
the main problem is the e-bay community that clog up the counters, with numerous parcels, yes the post office is there for this, but it takes so much time to process each parcel that when only one person is on the counter others have to wait a long time. Also many post offices opt out of certain tasks including car tax renewal faatmaan
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree